Brian Johnson/AFN Hundreds turned out Saturday night for one of the area's premier social events - the Ahwatukee Foothills' annual Wine and Beer Tasting Festival. Organizers said around 50 types of wine and beer were available, as well as food samples from 20 area restaurants. June 5, 2010

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The 19th Annual Festival of Lights Wine and Beer Tasting and Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, May 31.

The wine tasting benefits the Festival of Lights and the YMCA Outreach Program for Seniors.

The entire event is taking place earlier than usual this year. The committee hopes the earlier date will provide for cooler weather.

“It’s a good time of year,” said Joann McCarty, FOL committee member. “School is out, graduation is over, it’s a good time to just sit back, relax, recap the year and find out what everyone is doing for the summer. We’re hoping it will be a little cooler so people will be able to hang out and enjoy the evening and the nice venue.”

The Festival of Lights and Kiwanis Golf Tournament will begin with a shotgun start and four-person scramble at 7:30 a.m. at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.

The cost is $100 per person or $300 for a foursome including a cart, range balls and a goodie bag.

Later that night the wine and beer tasting will begin at Foothills Golf Club from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Ticket prices include appetizer tastings from more than a dozen local restaurants, live entertainment by Ty Lusk and tastings of various beers and wines from local restaurants.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a 100-item silent auction with sports items, vacations, holiday decorations, jewelry, gift certificates and more. Chandler Harley Davidson is also bringing a photographer and a backdrop so the public will have a chance to have their photo taken on a Harley.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. For tickets and more information visit

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